Another Slow Day with more Relaxing than Action

Friday January 31st 2020

The temperature was a few degrees cooler today, but otherwise the weather was the same as Thursday. It was another beautiful day. Tomorrow is forecast to be even warmer peaking around seventy.

I got a very slow start this morning, but the pattern was a little different. I got up before eight long enough to turn the heat up, but returned to bed while the RV warmed up. It was around ten the next time I was awake. The only problem with the late hour is it doesn’t support the things I thought about doing today. The end result was another slow day today and more things put off until another day.

Tonight’s sunset

This afternoon I setup my new towed car auxiliary brake. It’s a little more difficult to get it attached to the brake peddle, but the rest of the setup is easier. I did find that I need to run a new power line from the battery to give the brake a steady supply of power. The old one had a lower power draw. I’ll get the parts I need over the weekend.

A blossoms on one of three hushes still with blooms in the RV park.

I took two walks around the RV park. During the first walk a few sites were available, but during the second walk it looked like a full house. I didn’t think this park was impacted by weekends I thought the number of long term residents isolated it from lots of short term stays, but it clearly seems to get weekend guests. Figuring out the occupancy pattern of an RV park is confusing, but this one seems to be down right mysterious.

A Relaxing Day in the January Sun

Thursday January 30th 2020

Wednesday’s wind was a thing of the past today. There was only a gentle breeze. The sky was back to bright blue and the temperature was in the mid sixties. It was a beautiful day.

I stayed at home today waiting for an Amazon delivery. Mail and packages are delivered to the club house office every day. You can pick up items between 1PM and 5PM. Tracking my package showed it arrived around 11:30, so I drove down to pick it up around 2PM.

My new towed car auxiliary brake was there waiting for me. It will replace my 8 year old unit that is malfunctioning periodically. Getting the old unit fixed professionally required it to be shipped back to the factory. The cost was going to approach more than half the price of a new unit without any guaranty that it could be fixed. The new unit is several generations newer and should provide more reliable braking while I’m towing my Honda CR-V.

The new auxiliary brake represents one more item checked off my check list for getting back on the travel road for 2020. I started working on the list shortly after I arrived in Las Vegas, but I still have more than a dozen items on the list to complete before I depart for Arizona at the end of February. It is much easier to complete the items when I’m in one place for an extended period.

I got to sit outside and enjoy the day for a while this afternoon. The clear blue sky was interrupted by a noisy jet every now and then, but overall it was nice to enjoy the afternoon sun. I made good use of my gas grill while I was outside by cooking a couple of Brats for dinner. With plenty of sunshine and some good nourishment, it was back inside for a long dark night of watching TV.

Windy Day in Las Vegas

Wednesday January 29th 2020

It was a windy day. The TV weather talkers reported average wind speeds between 15 and 20 mph with gusts in the thirties for the Las Vegas Valley. Outside the valley the wind gusts were much higher. The day also started with a very brief shower, before the wind became dominant and the clouds cleared out. Most of the precipitation didn’t reach the ground. The mountains to the west gut a fresh dusting of snow. The temperature still managed to reach the mid sixties.

The path not taken.

I stopped in at the Clark County Wetlands Park on my way home from some wandering about the Henderson NV area. The park was quiet today. Most of the people and the wildlife were staying out of the wind. I got in a good walk and took a few pictures attempting to capture an image of the wind. Playing with my camera has become a real diversion lately.

Wind on the Palm Tree with the snow in the mountains to the west.
The wind is keeping the dry reeds bent away from the direction of the gusts.
A couple was flying a kite in the parking lot.

Back at my RV home, I have a new back neighbor for a few days. The park is filling up with people in Las Vegas for the big football game in Miami this weekend. There is an absolute obsession with avoiding the NFL trademark term “Super Bowl” in the area. The NFL got very upset a few years ago and brought legal action against groups using their trademark to make money. They were particularly concerned with casinos using the trademark. Now, even the TV sports reporters don’t use the term. I haven’t seen as strict a moratorium on using the term in other parts of the country.

The Countdown has Started

Tuesday January 28th 2020

Four weeks from tonight I will be in Arizona if all goes according to plan. The count down to the start of my 2020 travels is on. Over the next few weeks I need to accomplish the tasks I’ve been putting off and get everything ready to travel.

This morning I made reservations in Florida for the last few days of 2020 and the first ten days of 2021. I don’t have the entire year booked, but I’ve got more locked in reservations than I ever had before. On February fifth I’ll be able to book the last unbooked week in the first half of the year at a Utah State Park with a four month reservation window. My next block of open time starts at the end of July and runs through my reservation in the Florida Keys at the end of October. I really don’t like planning this far ahead. It makes spontaneity and changes difficult and potentially expensive.

My summer travels start with seven weeks in various parts of Arizona. I’ll see a few baseball spring training games in the Phoenix area followed by another visit to the Cottonwood/Sedona area and the south rim of the Grand Canyon. Continuing north as it warms up a little I’ll spend four weeks in Utah followed by three in the West Yellowstone area of Idaho and Montana. As I return south in June, I’ll spend another week in Utah followed by four weeks in Wyoming before moving south on the east side of the Rockies into Colorado in the middle of July. At that point I’ve run out of booked reservations, but plan to continue through Colorado into New Mexico in August. September should find me on an easterly course along the Interstate 40 corridor.

Tonight’s sunset

Today started and ended as a partly cloudy day. In the middle it was a cloudy day without any visible blue sky. The temperature in the valley is still running above normal around sixty five degrees. During all the changing weather I got some errands accomplished, completed a little online shopping, did a load of laundry and finished the day at Sam’s Town Casino for the senior day drawing. Of couse, I didn’t win, but it was a productive day overall.

Computer Monday

Monday January 27th 2020

I’m still in a pattern of late starts to the day. While I was awake earlier, my day didn’t start until around 10am. Breakfast and catching up on various internet information sources takes at least a couple of hours, so the daylight was more than half gone before I really began my day.

Blossom of the day.

It was a nice day. A ten to twenty mile an hour wind out of the north was an addition to the previous few days of bright sunshine. Somehow, the north wind brought additional warmth. The temperature peaked just shy of seventy.

Except for a couple of walks around the RV park, the computer caught my attention today. I used it for some travel research work, then migrated into more experiments indexing and annotating some of my many photographs. That lead to the inevitable question of “What can I do with all these pictures?” As an experiment I adjust and cropped one picture for printing. I sent it off to the local CVS for printing. I’ll pick up the print tomorrow. Right now it’s more of a curious experiment than any real plan. Maybe I’ll replace the stock artwork on my RV home wall with something from my travels.

Dragons on the Las Vegas Strip

Sunday January 26th 2020

It was another warm January day in the Las Vegas valley. Although it started cloudy and ended cloudy, the bright sunshine through the middle of the day allowed the temperature back into the upper sixties.

I hung around my RV home doing a few light chores for most of the day. Around 3PM, I needed some excitement, so I drove west and up hill a little to the Las Vegas strip. My mission was to see the Chinese New Year decorations from the center strip south. Starting with the Bellagio Conservatory, I found plenty of dragons in and around the hotel casinos. Here are some pictures of the fire breathing beasts.

A Slow Start to a Weekend Day

Saturday January 25th 2020

The Las Vegas valley’s stretch of warmer than normal days continued with a bright sunny day with the temperature in the upper half of the sixties. Even the wind that often keeps things stirred up was calm. Overall it was another beautiful weather day.

My day began slow and never really got up to speed. Late night TV watching has skewed my start to the day a couple of hours. It was afternoon before I was finished with breakfast. Of course having to bake a package of muffins for breakfast, since I was out of just about everything else of substance, helped to drag out the meal time. The first order of business for the day was a resupply mission.

There is no right time to go shopping in this town. Peoples work schedules in this heavily tourist oriented city are extremely varied. Morning, afternoon and night of everyday of the week seems to be busy at the neighborhood Walmart. This afternoon was especially busy, but I had to go. I was out of bread, milk, eggs, meat and all the stuff that ties them together. It took about two hours to get in and out of the store. The checkout line was particularly slow. I got in a lane with a checkout clerk that had to pause and discuss the merits of this or that item with every shopper. It should be another week or ten days before I need to return.

Walking around the RV park late today, I saw the usual complement of dogs getting walked or pushed in dog carriages to the dog run. Today, I saw a new pet out for a walk. A cockatoo was taking a walk on his keepers shoulder. I’ve seen a few birds in cages outside RVs and it there windows, but this is the first one I’ve seen out for a walk around an RV park. I hope it was well trained to stay with the man, since I didn’t see any signs of a restraint. A lost bird in greater Las Vegas could ruin a trip quickly.